March 23, 2014
OXFORD, Ohio - The Huskies took part in their second installment of conference play on Saturday afternoon. NIU played at Miami (Ohio) (8-4), taking on the Redhawks. The match ended in a 6-1 defeat for the Huskies, dropping the team's record to 5-7 with a 0-2 conference record.
"We played better today," said Head Coach Ryun Ferrell. But, Miami is a very good team. They kept us on the court for over four hours."
The teams took to doubles to begin play in this one. This section of the contest made for a rough start for the Huskies. Nelle Youel and Arantza De La Torre came close to victory in the No. 1, but they fell to Christine Guerrazzi and Alix Thurman, 8-5. Overall, none of NIU's teams were able to claim a victory, and with that, the Redhawks were ahead 1-0 going into singles.
In singles, Youel remained boiling hot. She won in the No. 1 against Nimisha Mohan, 6-3, 7-5. Youel has won eight of her last nine singles matches now. The remaining Huskies struggled to get things going, however.
For the second straight match, Mary Malkin played a very tight affair. In the No. 5 against Ramona Costea, she dropped the first set, but in the second set, she evened things up to force a tie break. There, she was barely edged, losing in a 6-4, 4-6, (10-8) final.
"Again, we played really well," added Farrell. "If we keep improving like this, I am looking forward to the rest of this conference season."
Next weekend, the Huskies will be back home. Their next match will be against the Akron Zips, set to begin at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, March 28. It will be held at the Boylan Tennis Center in Rockford, Ill.
Miami (Ohio) 6, NIU 1
1. Nelle Youel (NIU) def. Nimisha Mohan (MIAMI) 6-3, 7-5
2. Andreea Badileanu (MIAMI) def. Cristina Alvarez (NIU) 6-3, 6-1
3. Christiana Raymond (MIAMI) def. Haley Dekkinga (NIU) 6-0, 6-2
4. Christine Guerrazzi (MIAMI) def. Arantza De La Torre (NIU) 6-3, 6-2
5. Ramona Costea (MIAMI) def. Mary Malkin (NIU) 6-4, 4-6, (10-8)
6. Ana Rajkovic (MIAMI) def. Maria Rozo (NIU) 6-0, 6-0
1. Christine Guerrazzi/Alix Thurman (MIAMI) def. Nelle Youel/Arantza De La Torre (NIU) 8-5
2. Nimisha Mohan/Andreea Badileanu (MIAMI) def. Maria Rozo/Mary Malkin (NIU) 8-1
3. Ramona Costea/Christiana Raymond (MIAMI) def. Haley Dekkinga/Stephanie McDonald (NIU) 8-1